Gasoline price increases look like price gouging to me

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022.

I purchased gas Thursday evening at a business on Kings Highway for $3.59 per gallon. The next morning, it was $3.79 per gallon and by Sunday, it was $3.99 per gallon and Monday morning it was $4.19 per gallon.

It has always been my understanding that gas prices fluctuate after a new shipment of gas. This doesn’t seem the case as I do not believe that all three gas stations on that corner received gas shipments daily, yet their prices are increasing at an alarming rate. I understand that gas prices are increasing for a variety of reasons, but this is price gouging, which, last time I looked, is illegal.

Jane Merriam, Punta Gorda